30 Days to Happiness: Creativity

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When I think of the word, “creativity,” I automatically think of this verse, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 This is a prayer we can pray every day. It can help us quickly get back on track when we’ve gone a stray into sin, or negativity of any degree. Without doing this, any amount of creativity we develop in our lives will be tainted. It is clear to me that nothing can block creativity better than guilt and shame that comes from knowing we have done wrong or displeased the Lord. It is a simple matter, according to Scripture, to get the heart right. God does this so readily and so completely for us so He can restore fellowship with us. Only then can His creative Spirit  flow through us. By having a clean heart, we open ourselves up to the happiness that comes with creativity.

Being creative will enhance our ability to hear from God. That alone is motivation for taking steps to develop creativity. This is going to be fun!  He is going to flow through the creative side of us because He is the Creator. He wants to teach us how to create. We use our imaginations to create. We can go anywhere, do anything, be anything in our imagination. His ideas can flow to us through our imagination. Here’s a list of random thoughts about creativity, with the hope that by trying some of these, we can be open channels for God’s ideas to flow to us:

Mind mapTry Mind Mapping

Tapping into the Creator

Hearing His voice

Letting ideas flow from Him

Trying new things

A new food each week

A day of the week to do something I’ve never done before

Playfulness

Vivid Colors

Buy markers and/ or crayons tomorrow, maybe a coloring book

Become like a child

How would a child solve this problem

Try “tangling”

Put together that colorful puzzle you’ve been wanting to do

Relax

Listen

Listen to classical music or other relaxing music

Smile

Exercise to stimulate the brain and raise self-image

Unique uses for common items

Games

Adventure

Think vibrant

Unique ways to present ideas

Take a break from reasoning

Let creativity flow.

Please share something creative in the comments. It could be your favorite game, something unique you do as a family or something you have imagined that was ridiculous. Share your fun with us. So glad you stopped by!

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30 Days to Happiness: Believe

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All you have to do is Believe.

 It doesn’t matter how God does it or

when He does it.

All you have to do is see it done.

Call it done. See it done and rest in it.

Don’t struggle.

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It doesn’t even matter how things look right now.

All you have to do is believe.

Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.

Just Believe!

30 Days to Happiness: Ask

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30 Days to Happiness? Is it possible? Can I really be happier than I am right now. Will some of my problems disappear just by reading a blog? Good questions! Over the next 30 days, through the A to Z Challenge, we will go on a journey to happiness together. There are guiding words that will move us along from day to day and at the end of April, 2014, we can evaluate our progress together. You’ll meet new friends along the way, and get some great ideas for getting the most out of your day! Writers from all over the world will be joining the challenge, and you may want to join us in writing, or just read what others are writing about. You can find the list  by clicking the link here. Each day in April we will be blogging about what comes to mind for each letter of the alphabet, taking Sundays off, we will be finished by April 30. Let’s get started!

A is for Ask. Each day, I ask the Lord to give me a question for the day. “What question should I ask, Lord.” Before I give you some of my favorites, here’s some questions not to ask:

  1. Was your hair always that color?
  2. When is your baby due? (unless you KNOW she’s pregnant)
  3. Do you plan to start a diet soon?
  4. What does your therapist think about that?

Seriously, asking questions opens the door to understanding. It shows your interest in people and allows you to find common ground on which to build a relationship if you desire. Here’s a few questions to get you started:

  1. Do you have family here?
  2. Do you work in the area?
  3. What’s your favorite place to vacation?
  4. What is your favorite. . .?
  5. Is there anything I can do for you?

The questions above actually follow a little formula I learned years ago. When you aren’t sure what questions to ask, use FORM. It stands for F-family O-occupation R-recreation and M-message. When you ask questions about each of these, you can continue a conversation indefinitely.

Sometimes on a “date night” Larry and I will start with one of these questions and see how long we can go on one subject until we move on to the next. After so many years we still learn things we didn’t know about each other’s lives and views on aspects of life. You can also have a lot of fun while asking questions that begin with “When, where, who, what, why.” A when question might be, “When did you get your first haircut?”, “Where would you like to go, if you could go anywhere in the world for one day.” “Who would you like to meet if you went back in time?”

Leader3Two of my favorite questions  now are simply, “What can I do for you?” and “How can I help you?”

By asking questions, you are not only opening windows and doors to others, you are opening your heart to receive the happiness that comes by focusing on others.

The most important question you can ever ask is “Jesus, will you come into my heart right now, forgive me of all of my sins, and be the Lord of my life?” And then accept Him by faith because His answer to you is most assuredly, “Yes!” You will have a lifetime of getting answers to your questions because He truly has all of the answers.

Here’s my question for you, “What’s your favorite thing to do?” and “Where are you visiting from?” Please leave your answers in the comments and feel free to ask a question of your own!

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